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7,000 students benefit from relaxed eligibility

Nearly 7,000 more students seeking admission to engineering institutes have applied under the relaxed eligibility criteria after the deadline for applications was extended from July 5 to July 8.

mumbai Updated: Jul 09, 2011 02:16 IST
HT Correspondent

Nearly 7,000 more students seeking admission to engineering institutes have applied under the relaxed eligibility criteria after the deadline for applications was extended from July 5 to July 8.

Of the total 1,10,842 candidates who applied, 15,000 students in Maharashtra have applied under relaxed norms.

Of these 6,842 have applied under the relaxed criteria post July 5, according to figures from the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE).

There are 1,27,159 engineering seats available across Maharashtra. The All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) recently lowered the eligibility criteria for engineering from 50% in Class 12 (in physics, chemistry, math) to 45% for general category students and 40% for reserved category students. The DTE issued a notification to this effect on July 5. Prior to this, 1,04,000 students had applied.

With the number of seats exceeding the number of candidates who have applied, this year too, engineering seats are likely to remain vacant.

Last year, more than 22,000 seats had remained unfilled.

While the provisional merit list for admission to engineering was announced on Tuesday, students eligible due to change in rules, were asked to apply from July 6 to 8.